Old Glory has picked up two new centers, Palema Roberts of Life University and Labi Koi-Larbi of Penn State University. Old Glory’s first round pick was traded to New York as part of their deal to acquire D’Montae Noble last year.
Palema Roberts is a strong-running center out of Life University, where he was a two-time D1-A national champion. Originally from Hawaii, he should provide a boost to the Old Glory’s depleted centers. He was selected 19th in overall, and was Old Glory’s first pick of the night.
Labi Koi-Larbi, also known as LJ, is a DC native with strong ties to the area. He played for local powerhouse Gonzaga High School, the alma mater of Jask Iscaro, Dante Lopresti, Jack Carroll, and Owen Sheehy, and played his college ball at Penn State, the alma mater of Mike Dabulas. He will join Roberts in the centers.
Overall, these are strong picks for Old Glory which shore up a key area of depth for the team. With Ciaran Hearn retiring and Thretton Palamo over 35 years old, the team needed some youth and hard running in the centers. Given the success that OGDC has seen from its young backs, like fan-favorite D’Montae Noble, I expect these picks to work out very well.
Hopefully, the team will be able to give them time to develop behind the more experienced centers on the roster. It’s easy to forget given their later success, but the inexperience of the younger backs was a problem on defense for the team at the start of the season. Old Glory shouldn’t have to throw these players straight on to the field, though, so they can take the time to come into their own.